Create your very own ofrenda (altar) en casa! A central element in Día de Muertos celebrations in Mexico and throughout Latin America, the altar includes a bright presentation of foods, flowers, personal items, and calaveras (skulls) in remembrance of those who have passed away. Presented as a space to commemorate their lives, it is believed that the dead return on this day (November 2) to celebrate their life and memories. Join us for a special art-making workshop by El Museo’s artist educators, who will guide us in the creation of an ofrenda. Participants will also learn how to create 3D objects out of a simple sheet of paper. Recommended materials: 1 sheet of cardstock (options: cereal box, sheet of paper), scissor, glue, tape, colored pencils, markers or crayons. Open to all ages.
DAY ONE PROGRAMMING
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Opening Ceremony by Danza Azteca
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM | MANOS A LA OBRA: Ofrenda en Casa
1:00 PM- 1:45 PM | Lotería con La Catrina presented by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Journey to Mictlān with artist Polina Porras
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Video presentation of Sweet Blue by artists Libby Paloma and Ace Lehner
For full Día de Muertos programming at El Museo del Barrio, please click here.
This program is a part of El Museo en Tu Casa, our new bilingual digital initiative encouraging visitors to explore and learn about Latino art and culture. Generously supported by Tony Bechara and the Board of Trustees, the Census 2020, and the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund.